Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is expanding its impressive growth to the Big Sky County and bringing its All-American, retro-themed diner to Montana.
The new restaurant will open on Sunday, June 17 and will add 60 jobs to the local community.
Located at 2530 N. Montana Blvd in Helena, Hwy 55will provide residents and visitors with an inviting dining experience featuring fresh, never-frozen burgers, premium sliced cheesesteaks piled high on steamed hoagies, and frozen custard made in-house every day. With its open-grill design, the kitchen's dedication and care when handcrafting meals is front and center.
“Hwy 55 has had an incredible reputation and following over the past quarter century. We are extremely thrilled to open our first location here in the West and be a part of this amazing brand,” says Timothy Jittu, the master franchise owner with his wife Brenda who together have more than 20 years of experience in the restaurant industry.
According to the Jittu’s, they were originally attracted to the Hwy 55 concept because of the family atmosphere of the company. Active in a church ministry, they were also attracted to the “Love Your Neighbor” culture of Hwy 55. The Jittu’s plan to bring at least five Hwy 55 locations to Montana over the next 10 years.
While celebrating its 27thyear in business, Hwy 55 has sold the rights to more than 1,000 franchise locations around the world. Hwy 55 has also signed franchise agreements for West Virginia, Louisiana, Kentucky, Southern Indiana, Virginia and now Montana in the past year. The brand plans to open approximately 25 locations in 2018.
“Hwy 55 is not a franchise concept, it’s a true American success story,” says Hwy 55 president and founder Kenney Moore. “All of our master franchisees also operate their own locations so they have skin in the game. It’s core to the brand and a highly effective business model that’s vital to the continued success of Hwy 55.”
In keeping with Hwy 55’s continued mission to give back to the communities it enters, Hwy 55’s Andy’s Charitable Foundation will donate 10 percent of sales from the restaurant’s first three days to the Jadyn Fred Foundation. Andy’s Charitable Foundation is Hwy 55’s most visible commitment to community involvement.